Favouring Progress: Yemen’s Water Scarcity Dilemma of the 21st Century

Our RWSN Guest blogger Muna Omar takes a critical look at the issue of dwindling water supply in Yemen’s capital city The population of Sana’a, the capital city of Yemen, depend on deep wells that are usually dug to a maximum depth of 200 meters for their drinking water. The wells draw on a cretaceous … Continue reading Favouring Progress: Yemen’s Water Scarcity Dilemma of the 21st Century

Why getting ‘water affordability’ right matters – and how water diaries can be of help

re-posted from REACH Dr Sonia Hoque, University of Oxford Having access to 24/7 potable piped water in the comfort of our dwelling is a luxury that many of us take for granted. In the UK, an annual water and sewerage bill of £400 accounts for about 1% of the annual average household income of £40,000. … Continue reading Why getting ‘water affordability’ right matters – and how water diaries can be of help

Responding to UN-Water SDG6 synthesis on water and sanitation

by Sean Furey, Skat Foundation/RWSN Secretariat Director UN Water, the body that coordinates water issues across the United Nations, is currently running a consultation in its draft report: "SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation". You can read the report and add give your feedback. Below are some comments that I have posted … Continue reading Responding to UN-Water SDG6 synthesis on water and sanitation

Three common myths about solar-powered water pumping

By Andrew Armstrong (Water Mission), RWSN co-lead for Sustainable Groundwater Development Solar pumping is the trendiest technology in rural water supply today. Policy-makers and practitioners are eager to better understand its benefits and limitations and the private sector is responding with a variety of product offerings. Much of this interest is motivated by the Sustainable … Continue reading Three common myths about solar-powered water pumping

Are you responsible for universal, safe, sufficient, affordable & equitable water services?

by Johanna Koehler, University of Oxford, re-posted from REACH The answer to this question was mixed by the policymakers across all 47 water ministries of the first devolved county governments in Kenya. Political, socioclimatic and spatial factors influence to what degree county policymakers assume responsibility for the water service mandate. A new article published in Geoforum presents novel … Continue reading Are you responsible for universal, safe, sufficient, affordable & equitable water services?

Safe Water for All: REACHing everyone in Bangladesh

by Dr. Rob Hope, University of Oxford, Prof. Mashfiqus Salehin, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and Dara Johnston, UNICEF Bangladesh , re-posted from REACH A large concrete pipe belches untreated sewage into the Buriganga River in Dhaka, whilst men wade through the water to shift aggregate to construct more buildings for more people. The riverbanks … Continue reading Safe Water for All: REACHing everyone in Bangladesh